The Starting Ireland Team v Samoa Has Been Named

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2019

If the game is off because of typhoon Hagibis, Scotland are likely be knocked out of the World Cup as cancelled matches see both teams awarded two points as part of a 0-0 draw.

Head coach Schmidt is confident Ireland can quickly focus back in on Saturday's Pool A decider in Fukuoka, that will now definitely beat the weather.

World Rugby are due to hold a press conference tomorrow as the impending Typhoon Hagibis threatens to cause havoc to a number of fixtures.

Should that game be cancelled too, then hosts Japan would be through to the last eight as pool winners, while the Scots would be out assuming Ireland have banked at least one point from their game with Samoa 24 hours earlier.

A second-place finish would set Ireland up for a quarter-final against back-to-back world champions New Zealand, but Schmidt is determined not to get ahead of himself with Samoa looming on Saturday.

"There was a lot of talk amongst the players post-training today when we found out", he said. "Any time there's anything up in the air, you get players talking about that because its newsworthy and something that is influential".

"We're just staying on task as much as we can. We can't control what happens with Japan-Scotland, it's up to us to get our business done as best we can".

Scrumhalf Conor Murray and flyhalf Johnny Sexton start together for Ireland for the 55th time, equalling the all-time record for their nation, while Jordan Larmour gets the nod at fullback over Rob Kearney.

Ireland: 15 Jordan Larmour, 14 Keith Earls, 13 Robbie Henshaw, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Jacob Stockdale, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray; 1 Cian Healy, 2 Rory Best (c), 3 Tadhg Furlong, 4 Iain Henderson, 5 James Ryan, 6 Tadhg Beirne, 7 Josh van der Flier, 8 CJ Stander. Jean Kleyn 20. Peter O'Mahony 21.

"It's a situation nobody wanted to have and there are going to be supporters disappointed and certainly players".

Should the games be moved, it would mean a massive logistical undertaking including moving and accommodating both teams and support staff, while it would spell trouble for travelling fans. Some players are playing in their last World Cup, there's no bigger game than getting to play against some of the biggest players in the world game, and they are missing that opportunity.

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